If you want to work outdoors and have the countryside as your office, then our Countryside Management degree with an integrated year in industry is for you. This programme will give you a detailed understanding of how the countryside works and how it can be managed to maximise the benefits to wildlife, habitats, farmers and recreational users. In addition, your employability prospects will be enhanced by the integrated year in industry which will equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to have the career that you’ve been dreaming about. We are the industry leader in education and training for countryside careers and have an enviable track record of getting students into countryside related employment. You will be taught by enthusiastic and dedicated lecturers at the forefront of their field and in an internationally recognised centre of excellence, by experts. You will develop a range of practical countryside skills such as fencing, dry stone walling and tree planting. You will also have regular visits to visits to stunning conservation, wildlife and recreation sites as well as a residential field trips. You will be studying in a University that is ranked **top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales** for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). You will be surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain, waterways, grassland and coast. On our doorstep, student can benefit from several sights of interest such as The Dyfi National Nature reserve, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacons. If you are also an viewer of Springwatch, you will have seen Ynys Hir RSPB reserve which is just up the road from the University. The syllabus of this course with the integrated year in industry is identical to its sister course BSc Countryside Management (D455). Your work experience must be relevant to this degree and the year is assessed which will count towards your degree grade. Students will have to organise their work experience under the guidance from the Institutes work experience co-ordinator. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. (If you cannot obtain a placement, then you must transfer to its sister course BSc Countryside Management D455). This degree is engineered to give you a head start in the competitive job market after graduation.In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship. Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject. Completing a year in industry will allow you to: Apply the learning from your course to the work environment; Make industry contacts; Develop practical skills related to your area of study; Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study; Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating. What are our graduates doing now? Past students have gained work as; Conservation officers; Biodiversity officers; Conservation site managers; Rangers for organisations i.e. National Trust, National Parks, County wildlife trusts, or the RSPB; Environmental consultancy.